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THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT Comp!

Posted on 30 June 2016 by Chris Ford

THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT is based on the notorious 1971 psychological study by Stanford University professor Dr Philip Zimbardo, who consulted closely on the making of the film. Billy Crudup (Spotlight, Watchmen) stars as the professor who cast 24 student volunteers as prisoners and guards in a simulated jail to examine the source of abusive behaviour in the prison system. The results astonished the world, as participants went from middle-class undergrads to drunk-with-power sadists and submissive victims in just a few short days.

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Featuring a stunning ensemble cast including outstanding performances from Ezra Miller (We Need To Talk About Kevin, The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Tye Sheridan (Mud, Dark Places) and Olivia Thirlby (Juno, No Strings Attached), THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT was the winner of two awards at the Sundance Film Festival, including Best Screenplay.

This chilling, edge-of-your-seat thriller is released in cinemas on 10th June, on Digital Download from 13th June and on Blu-ray™ and DVD from 27th June and we three copies of the DVD to give away to lucky readers.

 

Simply email me with the subject ‘THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT’  to enterthecomp@gmail.com     by the 8th July when three winners will be selected at random.

Good luck!

 

 

 

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Fathers Day Top 5 Boozy Gifts

Fathers Day Top 5 Boozy Gifts

Posted on 16 June 2016 by Chris Ford

Its only a few days away so if you are reading this and havent got anything (guilty!0  then here’s a quick look at a few of our favourite things to get DAD this week

 

1. The Gift of Whiskey – Old Forester Bourbon

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What dad wouldn’t appreciate a bottle of something special that you can share together on sunday?

Old Forester, America’s first bottled bourbon, is the ideal gift for those looking to treat their Dads this Father’s Day. With a history as rich as its taste, Old Forester is the only bourbon that has been available pre, post and during Prohibition, and to this day is still made by the same founding family.

Stockists: Available at all good independent whiskey retailers

RRP:  £29.99

 

2. Cocktails Anyone? – The Old Fashioned Cocktail Case

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For the Dad who sees himself as a modern connoisseur, the Old Fashioned Cocktail Case allows him to channel his inner Don Draper. The case combines everything needed to re-create the classic drink, from bitters and sugar to cocktail mixing equipment, with a 70cl bottle of Woodford Reserve sitting in pride of place. All products are displayed together in a beautiful leather-bound print case, inspired by the suitcases of mid-century gentlemen.

Stockists:

Available at Harvey Nichols, Fortnum and Mason, John Lewis and Selfridges nationwide and online at www.tipplesworth.com

RRP £185.00

 

3. Socks &  Beer !  – Shock Top Belgian White beer and sock gift set

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This limited-edition Father’s Day gift set –  which includes two of the gifts that dad’s typically receive for Father’s Day – socks and beer – packaged together for a practical gift that dads will love.

The gift set includes 4x bottles (340ml) of Shock Top Belgian White, an award-winning spiced Belgian-style wheat ale with real orange, lemon and lime peels with a hint of coriander spice and a pair of fun, charcoal-coloured socks with a zesty orange print

Stockists:

 

Shock Top is available in the UK exclusively from Ocado.com

 

RRP £15.99

 

4. Craft Beer –  Brew Dogs Crew Picks Case

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Argubly the pioneers in bringing craft beer into the mainstream here in the UK  BrewDog started out life in the founders shed and has grown into a beer and bar empire soon to be expanded into the US.  BrewDog have started a monthly Crew Picks case with one of their knowledgeable staff selecting their picks for that month, this month is Sarah Warman with her pick including the following :

1 x BrewDog – Black Hammer,1 x BrewDog – Bourbon Baby,1 x BrewDog – Kingpin,1 x BrewDog – Ace of Chinook

1 x BrewDog – Black Eyed King Imp,1 x BrewDog – Dead Pony Club,1 x Stone – Americano Stout,1 x Green Flash – Le Freak,1 x To ØL – Berry White,1 x Almanac – Saison de Brettaville,1 x Great Divide – Old Ruffian

1 x Oskar Blues – Deviant Dale’s and 1 x Jack Hammer IPA glass

Stockists:

Brewdog.com

RRP £60.00

 

Say it with Champers – Dom Perignon 2006 Champagne

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Dom Pérignon the famous Champagne produced by Moët & Chandon. Despite a mild and wet August, a warm and bright September helped the 2006 vintage and made a top quality sparkling wine possible. make your dad feel really spoilt and also have something to share with mum!

Stockists:

www.masterofmalt.com

RRP £109.99

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Benedict  Cumberbatch The Interview

Benedict Cumberbatch The Interview

Posted on 15 June 2016 by Chris Ford

To coincide with the DVD and Blu-Ray release of his new Shakespeare adaption The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses we bring you this exclusive interview with actor Benedict Cumberbatch

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It was discovered last year that you are a second cousin 16 times removed of Richard III, whose remains were discovered three years ago in a car park in Leicester. Does that mean you sympathise with the modern-day supporters of the King, who feel Shakespeare has unfairly portrayed him as a villain?

I understand very much that for those people he’s a much loved King who they feel has been maligned. I get it. After all, I’m a very close relative of his! Although now his body has been found, I might suddenly discover they made a bit of a DNA mistake with me!

 

Is it reasonable to say that Richard III is not necessarily the remorseless baddie he is often viewed as?

Yes. There’s all this mythology surrounding Richard. He provokes a polarity of opinion. Is he a bad guy who killed the Princes in the Tower or a good guy who has been much maligned by the play? We don’t really know. A lot of what we have left is still PR. We could have had a disclaimer at the beginning of the play saying, ‘Written by William Shakespeare, who was a playwright in the Elizabethan era, about the last Plantagenet King. Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry VIII, a Tudor, hence its slant’.

 

 So he was not unrelentingly evil?

No. We know certain facts. For instance, we know about the bereavement that he and Anne, who were apparently a loving couple, suffered with their son. Being a father of only a few months, I can only imagine how utterly devastating that must have been. So those accounts are very touching. But of course, in the play that’s not what he’s about.

 

At what moment does Richard morph into something more malevolent?

The point that really tips him beyond an inclusive enjoyment of his plans and his ability to seduce us into his world of mad, ultimately very destructive, power-hungry megalomania is infanticide. When he has the two young Princes killed in the Tower of London, that marks a full stop for any sympathy – till right at the very end when he makes another direct appeal to us, asking, ‘How can anyone love me? I don’t even love myself!’

 

What makes Richard so embittered?

A: The important thing to remember is that from the very beginning, Richard is born into this family of Adonises, of athletes of Kennedy proportions. He is the black sheep of the family. He is ostracised and left at home looking after the kids – which is no place for a man in the medieval world, where it is your duty to go out to fight. When he is not allowed to prove himself physically, he becomes politicised and starts to think of smart things to say at the table. When he is finally allowed to go to war, he becomes a vicious warrior in order to prove himself in battle. That is very important to him. He becomes weaponised.

 

So his development makes dramatic sense?

Yes. There is a real trajectory to Richard’s journey. He is not just the medieval trope of a villain that a lot of critics have said he is. There is great subtlety and lots of back story to this character. Our vision was to humanise him and see his whole story. He loses himself in order to come back in a final moment of stark, cold realisation. He’s lost everything and all he has got left is anger and rage. So to play that whole journey is an absolute treat. And to be able to do it with a camera investigating when you break the fourth wall – what a gift for any actor!

 

Why is Richard alluring to us even as he is plotting to murder his way to the crown?

He is a compelling because he seduces us to be complicit with his direct addresses to the audience. That tarnishes us because we’re fascinated by the car crash. It’s so seductive because he shows us the fallibility of human nature around the magnetism of power. And all of it is done with such open, naked aplomb. He explains everything. He shows you behind the curtain and says, ‘Watch these people being fooled by this trick!’ It’s like Dynamo showing you how it’s done. We revel in the way he is playing people and asking us to enjoy that.

 

Does The Hollow Crown ever run the risk of being gratuitously violent?

A: No. It’s not just trying to shock people. It’s saying, ‘Look at what we’re capable of’. It’s always in context, and it’s always a morality test.

 

Why is Shakespeare so timeless?

I’d hate to piggyback off what’s currently going on in politics, but of course Shakespeare is always relevant – anyone can see that. But what’s magical about these plays is that you could do them in five or 10 years’ time and they’d still have the same effect because they’re timeless studies of the very human condition of power. Macbeth works in Swahili or German or any culture because it’s about tribalism and power and desperate, overarching, corrupting ambition. These plays show the frailties, the ego, the susceptibility and all the machinations of what power does to people. That’s why Shakespeare is still so potent 400 years on.

 

Tell us more.

It’s not about who is the goodie and who is the baddie – there’s enough human edge to all of these characters for you to be able to identify with them. You could place them in any political paradigm and they would still work. It could happen in an office environment or in the jungle or in a metropolis. It’s about humans at any time, not just in that one moment. Ian McKellen can do a version of Richard III set in 1930s and Martin Freeman can do it set in the 1970s. I saw a wonderful version of the Scottish play with Ray Winstone set on a council estate. It all works. Wherever humans are trying to stand on top of one another to take control, these plays will strike a chord. Shakespeare’s work can take any interpretation.

 

Do you think The Hollow Crown can help widen the audience for Shakespeare?

Yes. It’s like when I did Hamlet at the Barbican in London last summer. To play Hamlet live to a rapt audience every night was amazing. I was very keen to see how many could be fitted into the theatre – that was really important when choosing a venue. I felt it would be unfair to the people who might want to see it if we did it in a small venue. I thought we should be a bit more generous than that and perform it in a big theatre. If you can broaden the audience and show them how brilliant Shakespeare is, that’s fantastic.

 

How do you feel about the end of Richard III?

I feel very lucky to be almost the last one standing in this play. And no, that’s not a spoiler. The play has been out more than 400 years. You can definitely print that – Richard doesn’t make it. Or maybe he comes back at the end and says, ‘Did you miss me?’ Or perhaps he could reappear in a car park!

 

 You are currently filming a new series of Sherlock. What can you tell us about it?

It’s great, great fun to be back. There are lots of things happening in the new series. But I can say nothing about them! [Laughs].

 

 

The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 20 June

 

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Whisky guide: what to watch out for in a top whisky

Posted on 09 June 2016 by Chris Ford

Whisky has fast proved itself to be a collector’s item for investors thirsty for profit. Far exceeding other popular investments in value including wine and gold, whisky is big business. The “Rare Whisky Apex 1000” (created in 2008 by whisky investment specialist actors Rare Whisky 101) benchmark for Scotch whisky rose 14% in 2015, while the index of gold declined 10% over the same time.

Photo by Phil Long https://www.flickr.com/photos/skyfire/

 

The investment market is predictable. Rare whisky will always perform well, and consumption will drive the price of the product up. But what should you be looking out for when it comes to investing in a top whisky?

 

Remember, the value is in the rarity

“This is the golden rule of investing in whisky,” according to Anne-Sophie Bigot, Whisky Auctioneer at online auction house, Catawiki. Keeping a keen eye for a scarce or particularly rare expression will be more likely to pay dividends when it comes to ensuring a good return on investment.

 

“However, it is equally important to remember that as with any investment, trends change and evolve: no investment is risk-free. Still, favouring an official distillery bottling usually brings better value to the resale than independent bottlings, even when they have identical properties – same brand, same year of distillation.”

 

Invest in closed distilleries

Jeroen Koetsier, Whisky Auctioneer at Catawiki advises: “Invest in closed distilleries with exceptional quality; Hanyu and Karuizawa from Japan and Port Ellen, Glenugie and St. Magdalene from Scotland for example. These whiskies are excellent for drinking, extremely scarce, and ROI is driven up by the fact there are limited un-bottled casks remaining.”

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Consider crowd funding

Another brilliant investment opportunity would be to participate in the Dornoch Distillery crowdfunding campaign. The public can buy a 50-litre cask (from a production run of only 100 casks) for only £2,000, which will be ready for bottling within the next 5 years. The aim of the founders is to reproduce the high-end whiskies from the 1950’s and 1960’s. If they succeed, they will have the best whisky in the market with a very low output.

 

Look out for new trends

Japan’s whisky culture has grown exponentially in recent years, attracting the most collectors and investors globally. Bottles of Karuizawa, a closed distillery, sell for the price of gold: one sold recently in Hong Kong for £88,000. The country is currently experiencing a shortage due to unprecedented and unanticipated demand, and it’s particularly visible on the older bottles. We will have to wait many years before an 18-year old bottle of Yamazaki reappears on the shelves of our favourite wine shop, so it’s important to keep your eyes peeled for new and developing whisky cultures to tap into.

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Bourbon is also in its heyday. Specifically sought after bottles of Pappy Van Winkle break records at auction. Last November, a pack of 5 bottles of varying ages reached £14,000 at auction, far exceeding their original estimate.

 

As for “world whiskies” there are some hidden gems that attract attention and might sell at great prices in a few years. This is already the case for some expressions of the Taiwanese Kavalan or the Indian Amrut.

 

Use an online auction platform

It’s on online auction sites that you can find some of the best treasures and deals. On Catawiki, nearly 300 whisky lots go up for auction each week, including many rarities that will delight both investors and collectors.

 

The biggest risk in buying whisky is to acquire a counterfeit. To overcome this problem, each bottle auctioned on Catawiki is subject to prior appraisal by an expert auctioneer, thus ensuring the authenticity of the bottle for sale.

 

This week, Catawiki is holding an exclusive auction to celebrate World Whisky Day, which took place earlier this week. The auction includes a range of top whiskies, from a 35 year old closed distillery Caperdonich 1972 (currently £306) to an exclusive Karuizawa 2000 Geisha Cask (estimated to sell for over £1,100). Each whisky has been chosen and valued by a specialised liquor auctioneer, so you can be sure that you’re getting your hands on the real deal.

 

Check out some of the best whiskies in the exclusive auction here.

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the best PUB in the UK to watch euro 2016

Posted on 08 June 2016 by Chris Ford

 I the lead up to Euro 2016 starting this weekend Farah menswear clothing brand and award-winning independent pub experts Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham, aka The Thinking Drinkers have complied their top 25 pubs in the UK to watch the matches.The pubs and bars were rated according to not just the audio-visual experience and atmosphere but also the classic criteria that otherwise create a proper pub – a wide range of well-kept beers, friendly and informed staff, great service, tasty food and a strong selection of snacks. (Why wasnt I asked to research this I wonder????, sounds like a dream job!)

 Each pub also has the type of player they are for example The Water Poet – Player: Joe Hart – A safe pair of hands and a City favourite  , clever eh?

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Heres the list :

 

The Water Poet, Liverpool Street

Situated a goal kick away from Shoreditch, where there’s plenty of mischief to be made, this is a brilliant boozer to watch grown men running after a round ball. Not content with hog roasts, phenomenal food and some top gear on tap, they’ll be showing every Euro 2016 game across nine screens dotted both inside and outside in a great garden with its own al-fresco bar and BBQ. Strong.

www.waterpoet.co.uk

Player: Joe Hart – A safe pair of hands and a City favourite

Screens: 5/5

Beer: 5/5

 

  • The Back Page, Dublin

Astroturf laid in the garden, delicious pizzas named after famous footballers, FIFA on the PlayStation, ping-pong, darts, DJs, hundreds of board games with footy broadcast on four big screens and a large projector. It’s like a sports bar, just better.

http://the-back-page.com/

Player: Niall Quinn, good touch for a big lad

Screens: 5/5

Beer: 4/5

 

  • Camp & Furnace, Liverpool

For a phenomenal Fan Park experience during the Euros, make your way to this former steel works in the uber-cool Baltic Triangle. It’s now an amazing, multi-spaced, industrial adult playground where it’ll be ‘going off’ during big games. The enormous warehouse space, with room for 800 fans on long Octoberfest-style trestle tables, sports the biggest screen in the city. There’ll be serving steins and pitchers of beer alongside a street food market too. Marvellous.

http://www.campandfurnace.com

Player: Jan Molby, big and stylish with a Danish twist.

Screens: 5/5

Beer: 4/5

 

  • Living Room, Dublin

There’s action everywhere you look, with dozens of screens (some 3D) including a beast in the beer garden that is apparently Europe’s largest outdoor screen. As well as the obvious Irish following, it draws a strong French, Italian and Belgian crowd too – even super smooth former France international Emmanuel Petit popped in with the Henri Delaunay Trophy recently, regaling regulars with tales of European Championship glory.

http://www.thelivingroom.ie

Player: Pele, regarded a legend but rises to the occasion without the aid of a blue pill.

Screens: 5/5

Beer: 4/5

 

  • Rack & Dollar, Liverpool

As the name suggests, this is a sports bar cum pool hall with a penchant for the other side of the Pond. It has 30 screens, 35 tables and can seat up to 80 hungry hustlers – and if you and your pals are feeling pimped up then hire the hidden private room for up to 20 people that comes with its own loo, pool table and bespoke big screen – and a chiller chock full of craft beer. Food is a touch above the standard fare, the Limp Brisket grilled cheese sandwich being particularly fabulous. As if all this wasn’t enough, they have an awesome 80-strong selection of American whiskey… So, yeah, you should go. Yee-and indeed-ha!

http://www.rackanddollar.com/

Player: Steven Gerrard, Liverpudlian with an American twist

Screens: 5/5

Beer: 4/5

 

  • The Hudson Bar, Belfast

The Hudson is for the thinking drinking footy fan. Colourful non-threatening tattoos, baseball caps and generous love of the lumberjack shirt. Aside from the eight screens showing the entire tournament, the chicken wings are legendary, there’s an eclectic range of whiskeys and quality craft ‘jar’ – oh and there’s live music too. http://hudsonbelfast.com/

Player: Gerry Armstrong – you’ll need one to raise the great drinks to your mouth.

Screens: 4/5

Beer: 5/5

 

  • Famous Three Kings, West Kensington

An unashamed temple of televised sport, the multi-roomed Famous Three Kings is a massive magnet for foreign fans stationed in the Capital – it’ll even draw a crowd for Albania v Romania. The food is decent, there’s enough ales to keep your craft beer geek content but you don’t come here for any of that – you come here to give the glad eye to the glorious game on more than a dozen screens.

http://www.f3k-london.co.uk

Player: Stuart Pearce – full of passion and bottle(s)

Screens: 5/5

Beer: 4/5

 

  • The Murderers, Norwich

This multi award-winning city centre institution is officially called The Gardeners Arm but locals know it affectionately as er…The Murderers (in 1895, the landlord’s daughter was murdered by her husband). Great times. Anyway, thankfully everyone has moved on and the old-school standing terrace – served with HD and superb sound – now creates an awesome match day atmosphere. A sound-proofed VIP snug is available to pre-book and there are even TVs in the toilets – ensuring you won’t miss any Euro action (unless, of course, it’s a sit down affair). Food, served fast and friendly, is comes accompanied by an extraordinary array of independent ales while there’s live music on weekends too.

http://www.themurderers.co.uk/

Player: Olivier Giroud, bit of a lady killer.

Screens: 5/5

Beer: 4/5

 

  • Picture House Social, Sheffield

In the artsy Nether Edge area just outside Sheffield city centre is the magnificent Picture House Social where matches are shown in a state-of-the-art mini-cinema room kitted out by none other than the British Film Institute. Slide down into snug cinema seats with some authentic Neapolitan pizza and a craft beer before brushing up on your backhand in the ping pong room next door – ideal for those half time and between-game lulls.

http://www.picture-house-social.com

Player: Eric Cantona – effortlessly combines football and the silver screen

Screen: 5/5

Beer: 4/5

 

  • Dram, Glasgow

Behold the back bar of this cool and cosy whisky pub in Glasgow’s West End where regulars can celebrate England’s inevitable underachievement on perfectly poisoned plasmas with a 70-strong selection of top-notch Scotch – from blends and malts to the proper old stuff that Wayne Rooney likes…. allegedly. It’s by no means a full on ‘fitbah’ pub but the genial staff, great beers and superb slow smoked BBQ menu raise the bar above your average soulless sports hangar. Should the final score leave you feeling low, you can even stick around for the regular comedy nights.

http://dramglasgow.co.uk /

Player: Gordon Strachan. Small and a laugh.

Screens: 4/5

Beer: 4/5

 

  • The Errigle, Belfast

The Errigle takes its sports seriously with 26 screens throughout – and some of them are massive. You get the intelligent footy chat in the main bar while upstairs, where the big screens reside, you’ll find a whole load of atmosphere. Throw in a roof garden, a beer garden and even an off-licence and -well- you’ve got yourself a proper pub.

http://errigle.com/

Player: Alan McDonald – a stalwart and a discerning drinker

Screens: 4/5

Beer: 4/5

 

  • The Alexandra Beer Emporium, Southampton

If you like your locals a little more leftfield, then you’ll dig this place. It’s heaving with geeky film memorabilia with Game of Thrones and Star Wars-themed cocktails served in pints. When it comes to showing the football they don’t come up short like an Ewok – the best big game atmosphere is found in the sun-trapping beer garden featuring an outdoor screen and a solid sound system.

http://thealexpub.co.uk/

Player: Cesc Fabregas – born on May 4th….as in May The Fourth Be With You.

Screen: 4/5

Beer: 4/5

 

  • Trent Navigation Inn, Nottingham

Multiple screens, each rocking 42 inches of HD magnificence, beam every sport imaginable whether it be cricket, rugby, underwater basket weaving or darts (this is Robin Hood’s err…’hood after all). You can even watch games in the beer garden. A strong range rotating of local ales (they don’t actually spin) paired with daily meal deals.

http://www.trentnavigation.com;

Player: Des Walker: Because no-one else can beat it

Screens: 4/5

Beer: 4/5

 

  • The Lord Clifden, Birmingham

It’s no surprise that this diamond of a free house in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter regularly brings home the bling in the shape of shiny awards. Top beers on tap with Bankys art on the walls alongside three HD screens in the main bar and a big ol’beer garden playing host to half a dozen more. Ping pong, babyfoot and, when the weather allows, a ‘bostin’ BBQ. Boom.

http://thelordclifden.com/

Player: Christophe Dugarry, charismatic local hero

Screens: 4/5

Beer: 4/5

 

  • Zeitgeist, Vauxhall

This Deutschland drinker in Vauxhall is the best London pub to watch zee Germans being annoyingly efficient. Thankfully, it’s given the Das Boot to swaying, stein-clinking clichés in favour of a top range of refreshing and rare German weissbiers and lagers, big screens showing all the Euro action and some enormous belt-loosening German sausages. Try them, what’s the wurst that can happen?

http://zeitgeist-london.com/

Player: Jürgen Klinsmann – England’s most popular German.

Screens: 4/5

Beer: 4/5

 

  • The Navy Volunteer, Bristol

Comes courtesy of a tap of the nose recommendation by Bristol’s bartending community so you won’t be disappointed by the drinks here. The “Volley”, as it’s colloquially known by the locals, ‘almost hits it too well’, attracting a strong yet sophisticated football following. A choice of five screens alongside some cracking craft beers and quality cocktails.

http://navyvolunteer.co.uk/

Player: Mesut Ozil casual in style, classy and a bit of an eye-opener

Screens: 3/5

Beer: 5/5

 

  • The Victoria, Oxford

As you’d except in a city stuffed full of brainy boffins, this impressive neighbourhood pub adopts a more urbane approach to Association Football – less futile lambasting of the linesman and more philosophical exploration of France’s false number nine. There’s no crap on tap here with some quality gear on keg and cask while the pies, that most classic football fill-me-up, are absolutely phenomenal.

www.victorianpub.co.uk

Player: Frank Lampard, he’s got a GCSE ‘A’ in Latin.

Screens: 3/5

Beer: 5/5

 

 

  • Old Arcade, Cardiff

For most of the year, followers of the egg-shaped ball flock to this impressive city centre alehouse but, don’t worry, they’ll be bringing their A-game for the Euros in full 3D splendour on six screens.  Instead of drinking a pint of sick trough your own underpants whilst standing on a chair, try some of the quality cask ale and the rugby-themed food menu featuring a number of Welsh classics (cawl, rarebit and faggots) and, best of all, the Nugget’s Black & Blue burger – a colossal Cajun-cum-Welsh hamburger created in association with Welsh rugby legend & chef Martyn Williams.

https://www.sabrain.com/pubs-and-hotels/south-wales/cardiff/old-arcade-new/

Player: Neville Southall, pulls out all the stops.

Screens: 5/5

Beer: 3/4

 

  • Brotherhood of Pursuits and Pastimes, Leeds

This retro, roomy Northern Quarter bar is bringing out the big confetti guns for the Euros! Punters can photograph themselves with England striker Jamie Vardy (on a green screen) while live singers will be blasting out Three Lions and the National Anthem before the England games are shown on eye-watering 82-inch TV screens. It’s got proper pies, classic British cocktails, local heroes on tap and a pool table too. Nice.

http://thisisthebrotherhood.com

Player: Billy Bremner – whole-hearted, committed and doesn’t mess about on match days.

Screens: 5/5

Beer: 3/5

 

  • Ye Olde Golf Tavern, Edinburgh

Screens of different sizes are scattered all around this iconic alehouse, perched on the edge of one of the oldest golf courses in the world and dating back to 1456. The burgers don’t disappoint, the beers are served swift by switched on staff and – if it’s looking like a nil-nil bore draw, you can event hire a couple of clubs and attack the undulating 18-hole course outside. But remember to heed the advice of wise-cracking crooner Dean Martin – “Don’t drink and drive. Don’t even putt”.

http://www.golftavern.co.uk

Player: Craig Bellamy – tasty with a golf club

Screens: 4/5

Beer: 3/5

 

  • Dry Dock, Leicester

Almost as strange as the Foxes winning the Premier League, but not quite, is the sight of a pub within an enormous boat in the middle of landlocked Leicester. It doesn’t scrimp on screens nor portion sizes while the drinks are good value and there’s one of the biggest gardens in Leicester. Get your bets on Iceland winning the Euros.

http://www.thedrydockleicester.co.uk/

Player: Wes “Captain” Morgan – seafaring skipper.

Screens: 4/5

Beer:  3/5

 

 

 

  • The Library Bar, Durham

With the cricket taking a back seat, this becomes Durham’s great all-rounder. The drinks menu will satisfy everyone from craft beer connoisseur to cocktail geek and wine snob, while comfort food like their famous German curried sausage will ease the pain of another early European exit. Plenty of perfectly positioned screens, VIP areas and an all-weather plasma in the garden, it’s close to the Cathedral so you’ll have time to offer up prayers before any penalty shoot outs.

http://www.thelibrarydurham.co.uk/

Player: Brian Robson: With so many screens, it’s a great box-to-box local.

Screens: 4/5

Beer: 3/5

 

  • The Strawberry, Newcastle

This rightly renowned sports bar, a throw-in (or perhaps a Fabricio Coloccini backpass) from St James’ Park is bigger than it looks and has plenty of plasma screens dotted all over the place. It’s teeming with ‘Toon nostalgia and will be jam-packed with friendly and fanatical Geordies for all the England games. Give it a steer if you’re a Sunderland fan. Or Steve McClaren.

http://thestrawberrypub.co.uk/strawberrypress/

Player: Alan Shearer: Hand in the air, the ‘Toon fans’ most iconic choice.

Screens:4/5

Beer: 3/5

 

  • Brighton, Lion & Lobster

A boss backstreet local just a pebble’s throw from the beach is a big favourite among in-the-know Brighton folk. It’s an intimate affair but several screens, positioned with Joachim Low-like tactical precision, deliver unbroken action with the ‘bants’ knob going all the way up to eleven. Great food and a tidy roof terrace that catches the rays.

http://www.thelionandlobster.co.uk/

Player: Cristiano Ronaldo – thinks he’s a cool cat but can be shellfish

Screens: 3/5

Beer: 4/5

 

  • Tib Street Tavern, Manchester

With no football colours or big groups allowed, this slick Northern Quarter favourite lays on a laidback vibe. But it’s embracing the Euros with gusto with four booths that can be booked in advance – each with its own TV, bespoke ‘Euro’ burgers tailored for each team, a whole load of hot dog action and lots of very good beer and cocktails. http://www.tibstreettavern.co.uk/

Player: David Beckham – handsome so-and-so and a great place to ‘kick back’

Screens: 3/5

Beer: 3/5

 

Farah menswear #MatchReady campaign is helping style conscious fans prepare for EURO 2016. To find your local #MatchReady pub visit http://www.farah.co.uk/blog?post=the-ultimate-farah-pub-guide

 

 

 

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The Big HBO Boxset #ThatsMyDad competition

Posted on 06 June 2016 by Chris Ford

To celebrate Father’s Day  HBO have given us an absolutely amazing box set prize bundle to give away to one lucky

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All you have  to do is share a photo of your Dad with 3 words describing them via @GentlemensGoods twitter with the ##ThatsMyDad  to be in the chance to win a HBO boxset bundle which includes Game of Thrones S1-5, Ballers S1, The Knick S2, True Detective S1-2, Boardwalk Empire S1-5, The Sopranos Complete Series, Band of Brothers and The Pacific – the perfect  father and son prizes to enjoy together on fathers day and for years to come.

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this is a quick one with the last entries having to be in by the 8th June 2016 and the winner will be notified by the 10th June.  All decisions on the winner are final and this competition is only open to UK residents.  Good Luck!

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Will Poulter – The Interview

Will Poulter – The Interview

Posted on 03 June 2016 by Chris Ford

Young English actor Will Poulter came to prominence with his very first film, playing Lee Carter in Son of Rambow (2007). He subsequently played the role of Gally in the film adaptation of the young-adult dystopian science fiction novel The Maze Runner in 2014 and won the BAFTA Rising Star Award. He has also played the roles of Eustace Scrubb in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) and Kenny Rossmore in We’re the Millers (2013), among others. In The Revenant (2015) from director Alejandro Iñárritu, he starred opposite Leonardo DiCaprio (who played Hugh Glass), featuring as Jim Bridger. The film won the Academy Awards for Best Director, Best Actor (DiCaprio) and Best Cinematography.

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Has making this film changed your relationship with the outdoors? Have you become something of a survivalist, for example?
It’s turned me against the outdoors entirely [laughs]. I haven’t left my house since. No, seriously, I think it did make me appreciate the power of nature a little bit more and made me more mindful of my environment, certainly. It made me reflect on how I interact with nature as a human being, and how we treat it as a society. It broadened my understanding of it rather than turning me against it or limiting me in any way. This movie opened doors in terms of my knowledge of my own limits. It was a sensory awakening, for sure.

How intense was the shoot?
Some of the most intense scenes for me, emotionally, were when I was one-on-one with Tom [Hardy] or one-on-one with Leo [DiCaprio]. For me, the two scenes that stick out were leaving [Hugh] Glass behind and then the scenes that follow with Tom [playing John Fitzgerald], where I confront him about what happened and he let slip that he invented the attack in order to get me out of there under false pretences.

Were any actors hurt during the shoot?
No animals were hurt! I think we all certainly experienced discomfort. We were tired and cold and physically at our personal limits. I think that we were probably taken above and beyond what we thought we could endure. That was 100 per cent intended in order to create a realistic experience for the audience. We needed to do that. There was no other way around it. But, no, no one was injured or seriously harmed to the best of my knowledge. But I couldn’t speak for anyone outside of our group of trappers because I wouldn’t know.

Leonardo and Tom are two really celebrated actors, but what are the differences and similarities between them?
The parallel that exists between them is that they are both hugely professional, very focused and they both have an intensity about them when they are on set. They both work very, very, hard. Their work ethic is clear to see; they are industrious actors. The difference is in their performance. Tom’s performance is very different from Leo’s and Tom’s use of dialogue in this movie is very impressive. His delivery of difficult or challenging language is very impressive and what Leo is able to convey with expression and through his eyes is just phenomenal. Without saying much, he is so emotive. But also he is not overplaying anything; it is still incredibly natural. When you are in a scene with him it is very engaging.

And what about Alejandro? How does he compare to other directors?
Off set, I found Alejandro to be very deep and compassionate, hugely intelligent and also humorous. He did have a sense of humour and he has a very big heart. He is a very sensitive man, very considerate. On set, he is very focussed and driven. He just has less time for everything else, really, other than achieving the objective each day and realising whatever the mission is.

Shooting in natural light must have given you very small windows to film each scene. Was that ever stressful or intimidating? There must have been real pressure on you all.
It is stressful. But as stressful as it was, and for as much we felt the pressure, we also felt as though that energized us in a way. It fuelled us with a desire to get it right, knowing that we had a limited window, knowing that we wouldn’t get a second bite of the cherry, knowing that we would have to come back the next day and the snow might not be there or the snow might be ten feet more — bearing in mind that Calgary has the most terrible weather patterns pretty much anywhere in the world. Knowing that and having that pressure actually gave us a kick up the arse to get it done. There wasn’t an opportunity to slack off in any way. We did not have the opportunity to be complacent for one minute on this film. Everyone, whatever their role in the crew or cast, had to work as hard as possible because you wouldn’t last the experience if you didn’t.

There’s almost a military parallel; if someone makes a mistake you all go down.
Absolutely. It was a case of ‘all for one and one for all’ and we were all so coordinated and so synced up with each other just because of the way the film was shot. Implicitly, the shooting style requires collaboration between camera crew and actors in a way that is unique and that is stronger than most filming styles. Really, if one of us were out of sync, it would create a domino effect.

What do you think is the film’s message?
There are several. There are too many to go through all of them but the one that really speaks to me is the importance of family, the lasting value of family beyond everything else, beyond revenge. Fitzgerald actually asks that of Glass: ‘After you get your revenge, you won’t get your son back.’ The existence of family is not infinite, as we all know, so valuing it while it is around is important. It’s also about the things that motivate us, and inspiration, where inspiration comes from. Our appreciation of the environment is another theme that’s not overt but is certainly there.

How do you make peace with yourself if you make the wrong decisions in life?
What I have found both personally and for my character, Jim [Bridger] is that it is very difficult to find peace with any decision out there because the lines between good and bad, right and wrong, are so blurred. There are so many grey areas. What morally, instinctively, and on paper, seems like the right thing to do, out there it may not be. I think that Glass said himself: ‘You should have killed me when you had the chance and put me out of my misery.’ There’s an argument for the fact that what we did by allowing Glass to live was almost torturous and unfair. I don’t subscribe to that but that is an argument. And the other argument is that we did absolutely the right thing by keeping him alive for as long as possible. Everyone has their definitions of right and wrong and those definitions change according to your experiences and your environment.

Did doing The Maze Runner shift your profile up a notch or has your profile changed more gradually with each film after Son of Rambow?

I don’t know. That is very interesting. I am very bad at gaining a perspective on myself. I have no idea as to how I am perceived. I think I have been fortunate in doing a combination. I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to perform a range of things. A lot of actors have the range to be versatile but they have not been given the opportunity. I have been very lucky. I am not sure that I can identify certain points where things changed for me. I think probably where I experienced the most change was after We’re the Millers. Because that was a comedy, people were then surprised to see me do something dramatic. I am sure for many people it might seem weird to see Kenny from We’re the Millers in The Revenant! I personally don’t have any interest as an actor in playing the same roles or repeating myself. I feel that if I am not challenging myself then I am not challenging audiences. I am not giving audiences anything interesting to watch.

What has been the tone of the comedy on your forthcoming Brad Pitt film, War Machine?
It has been satirical, at times very subtle, very well handled by [director] David Michôd who has a brilliant grasp on humour, and expertly executed by Brad Pitt, in particular, who is just unbelievable in the movie. I find myself struggling not to laugh on lots of occasions. Brad was brilliant but at the same time totally believable. And for me, that movie was less of a comedy than it will probably end up being because I was playing a Marine and the responsibility that comes with representing the Marines is very, very high. I take that very seriously. I recognize the honour in that and it was a big undertaking for us to represent them. They are so much more equipped and polished as human beings.

Does comedy come more easily to you than drama?
I actually feel that I have less range in the comedy genre. I feel that if I tried to do comedy for the rest of my career I would not be very successful. That is not to say that I am going to be very successful doing drama but I have more of a passion for drama and my instinct is to give more of myself to the genre of drama than to comedy. That is where I feel more comfortable. It is what I love most and it is where I feel I can exercise a bit more range, whereas with comedy I feel like I have a narrower paradigm of ability.

How early in your life did you know that acting was something you wanted to do?
Right after my first film. Having finished Son of Rambow and having had the best eight weeks of my life, I knew that it was something I wanted to do. I remember coming off that and I said to my mum, ‘That is what I want to do as a living. I want to be an actor.’ My mum went, ‘Calm down. You don’t know yet. You might go on to the next job and hate it.’ But, luckily, I went on to the next job and I loved it. For me, Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader was one of the best experiences I had. I think it is my best performance. I think that it is most in-character. It was a very maturing experience for me. Both Narnia and The Revenant forced me to mature. They were like booster pads, like trampolines, in my maturity. On Narnia I was away from home for six months and it was moving to a new country and it was working with a director who was tough on me but who was hugely talented and for whom I had a lot of respect. I hadn’t thought of this parallel until now. Six months away from home, the director [Michael Apted] was very tough but I had huge respect for him. When that happens, as hard as it is, you feel extremely grateful to have those opportunities. It is like the school of hard knocks for a while and I was coming out the other side, revitalized and with new skills and a hunger to do it all again.

Have you been able to maintain friendships with the kids with whom you grew up?
I am lucky that I managed to complete school but that was not without taking long periods off or having time away. I was lucky that I had friends who have maintained a very regular attitude with me and haven’t changed how they interact with me or how they behave around me, for the most part. I have got some fantastic friendships that I have had for a long, long time. I am also blessed that I have a very supportive family who are very down to earth. As much of a struggle as it has been at times to maintain that balance, it has been enjoyable and I have been keen to try and experience as much of a normal life as possible, completing school and university, travelling, family and also working in a professional environment from a young age. I am just blessed that I am able to do both and that is a testament to the people around me, family, and my agents and my entire team. I am very lucky.

How special was The Revenant compared to your other work? This was surely a unique experience.
I think this is very special, from my interaction with Alejandro and my first opportunity to work with an idol in the shape of Leo, and someone as talented as Tom, and also this incredibly committed group of actors who formed the trapping group. What a privilege! I don’t think this will necessarily be easy to replicate because the way we shot it was so unique and it returned to a filmmaking approach that is becoming a dying art. Very few people are shooting such ambitious movies and such complicated and adventurous films on location in natural light, with real weather elements.

The Revenant is released on Blu-ray and DVD on 6th June from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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